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FutuStories - Meet Eeva-Jonna, Senior Software Developer & Accessibility Specialist

20-08-2021Culture

After a spell at a virtual Hogwarts inspired her passion for coding, Eeva-Jonna came to software development via a degree in Russian language and culture. She champions diversity and inclusion in the workplace and loves the buzz of a problem solved.

Sanni Tiivola-Jurvainen

Marketing Manager, Finland

How did you end up working at Futurice?

When I was starting out in my career and looking for my first job in software development, I came across Futurice and thought it looked amazing, but I didn’t feel experienced enough to apply. For a couple of years before I eventually joined, I would bump into people from the company at various events and the impression I got from those conversations was always so good. When the time was right for me to look for a new adventure, I decided to give it a try – and here I am!

When I was a teenager I was a big Harry Potter fan, and I found a site where people were roleplaying the wizarding world in a virtual Hogwarts. It was awesome and I wanted to create something like that for myself, so like a true Ravenclaw I spent a summer learning HTML, CSS and Javascript and then coded a website.

Where did you work before Futurice?

I’ve always been a software developer, sometimes in consultancies and sometimes in start-ups, doing the same sort of daily work as I’m currently doing now. If the work has been similar, the difference has been the company cultures and the level of inclusion. In previous workplaces I sometimes felt like I was just a resource, but I never feel like that here. At Futurice we’re cared for as people and it feels very inclusive. This should be the norm, but it actually feels very different.

Why did you become a developer?

When I was a teenager I was a big Harry Potter fan, and I found a site where people were roleplaying the wizarding world in a virtual Hogwarts. It was awesome and I wanted to create something like that for myself, so like a true Ravenclaw I spent a summer learning HTML, CSS and Javascript and then coded a website. But where I grew up girls didn’t code, so I ended up studying for a degree in Russian language and culture. While I was writing my thesis I needed something fun to balance out the hard work, and I remembered the coding I did as a teenager and how much I’d enjoyed it. I started doing more programming tutorials and by the time I finished my master’s I knew I wanted to be a software developer – I applied for a couple of jobs and I haven’t looked back.

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What do you enjoy most about your work?

That’s easy: problem solving! After spending days trying to figure out what’s not working, finally finding the bug and fixing the feature is the best feeling ever, and this job provides lots of those moments. I also really enjoy the opportunities to try different things, like speaking in tech weeklies – it makes a great change from writing code and customer work. But it’s not just the opportunities that are important, it’s also the fact that we’re given a safe space to explore them.

What does diversity in the workplace mean to you?

Diversity means there are different kinds of people from different backgrounds, and it’s a really good thing for workplaces. Studies show it increases performance, for example. But diversity without inclusion isn’t enough – people need to feel like they belong. As a woman in the tech field in Finland I represent one minority group, and I’ve been impressed at how well Futurice have addressed both diversity and inclusion. I really feel like I belong.


Interested in reading more stories about us and our people? At Futurice, we celebrate diversity and cherish everyone's unique journey. Check out our Welcome Home page and get inspired by more journeys shaping our culture. If you would like to read more stories and get to know our people, our sites and the community better, check out the global version of our FutuStories Booklet.

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